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The Multi-Billion-Dollar Deals Transforming Tech, Visualised

Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp was very, very, very, (very) large. But it’s also just the latest in a string of mega-buyouts that’s been reshaping the tech landscape over the last three years or so. We thought we’d try to put all these billion-dollar acquisitions into perspective.


IBM's Watson Is Now The Size Of Three Pizza Boxes -- It's Also A Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson’s crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a $US1 billion investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City’s Astor Place.


Apple Is Now A More Valuable Brand Than Coca-Cola

In what could be seen as a defining moment for tech, Apple has surpassed Coca-Cola to become the most valuable brand on the planet.


Military Scientists Use Yelp And Digg To Test Viral Marketing Skills

In the age of Reddit and BuzzFeed, it seems like everybody wants to know the secret to making things go viral. Even the military wants to know how to make things go viral, and one research team says they’ve figured it out — using an algorithm they tested on social networks like Digg and Foursquare. Wait, why does the military want to know the secret to viral marketing? You’d be surprised.


Will Stephen Elop Be Microsoft's Next CEO?

Stephen Elop is no longer CEO of Nokia, and is instead heading up Microsoft’s newly acquired mobile wing. But will he soon be elevated to position of Microsoft CEO?


What Apple's Latest Acquisition Says About The Future Of Apple TV

Apple just bought a small startup company you probably never heard of called Matcha.tv. Why is this important? Because it might, maybe, possibly reveal what Apple sees as the future of Apple TV: a channel-less oasis, where it doesn’t matter what streaming service you watch your favourite TV show on, as long as it’s through Apple TV.


Apple's Shiny New Chipmaker Could Give It A Major Battery Boost

Apple today acquired Passif, a wireless chipmaker that specialises in making tiny chips that require very low amounts of energy. The deal, it seems, happened sometime in the last few months, reports Jessica Lessin.


Chinese Scalpers Created A Black Market For Genius Bar Appointments

The Apple Store is a hectic place in China, so hectic that if you try to go in for a repair without an appointment, you can expect to wait all day. No big deal. This is what the black market for Genius Bar appointments is for.


Apple Maps Should Get Way Better After HopStop Acquisition

Well, well, well. Looks like Apple is doubling down on its Maps efforts leading up to the launch of iOS 7. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has acquired HopStop, marking the second maps-related acquisition for the day.


Apple Gobbles Up Location Data Startup To Cure Map Monster

It had a rough start, but Apple Maps has come a long way from what it was at launch. And the push isn’t over. Apple just picked up a little startup called Locationary that specialises in hyperlocal results. You can bet that will trickle down into Apple Maps soon.